NEW YORK (1010 WINS) – With a pair of binoculars in hand, Paul Kime was out in Prospect Park on Saturday with a purpose: find as many birds as possible.
The Brooklyn Bird Club had a citizen science survey on Saturday, trying to find over 50 species of birds that make their homes in Prospect Park.
“We had a Merlin, which is a type of falcon, perched in the tree. That was the first bird we came across. It was really nice to see that,” Kime said.
It’s part of the club’s attempt to count the number of species present in a given location.
“The Christmas bird count helps the people who really need to know about what birds are here,” said Michelle Dreger of the Brooklyn Bird Club.
While the goal was to spot every single one, some came out just to enjoy the ride.
“I tried to memorize songs, but I can only identify like four birds and ducks,” one woman named Linda said.